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August Birthstone Jewelry

Peridot, one choice for August birthstone jewelry, is a yellow-green gemstone believed to instill the wearer with power and influence. Ancient Egyptians called peridot the ‘gem of the sun’, because they believed it protected them from evil spirits and ‘terrors of the night’. The Crusaders brought peridot from the Red Sea island of Zabargad to Europe in the Middle Ages. In 2016, spinel was designated as an alternative August birthstone by jewelry trade associations. This gemstone occurs in many colors, but red spinel is the most popular. It is also close to the ruby in appearance. If you prefer red, see the collection of July Birthstone Jewelry.

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  • Alice Caviness brooch with amethyst & peridot flower petals
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    Amethyst & Peridot Flower 1950s Alice Caviness Brooch

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    This Alice Caviness brooch from the 1950s has navettes and round glass stones in shades of amethyst and peridot. They are layered like the petals of a flower, with a lovely art-glass stone in both colors at the center. The setting is gold-tone with a roll-over safety clasp. This color combination is unusual and serene. The darkening of the metal in some spots does not diminish the beauty of this piece. I think this designer’s work is often overlooked.
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    Peridot & Diamanté Pendant Earrings

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    A faceted, peridot-glass-teardrop with a decorative silver-tone metal cap drops from diamanté-embellished links in these delicate and elegant 1920s earrings. The yellow-metal shepherd hooks, original to the earrings, make me think they are European in origin. Most of the diamanté are cloudy, but they do not detract from the appearance of these beauties – the star attraction is each pale-green-glass pendant. The perfect adornment for a woman who loves Art Deco and looks best in warm colors!
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    Peridot & Filigree 1920s Pendant Earrings

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    Faceted peridot-glass stones capped with silver-tone metal filigree are the focal point in these delicate 1920s earrings. They have peridot-glass beads and silver-tone filigree disk accents. Peridot is a hard-to-find color. The original screw-backs were converted to sterling silver ear wires with lever backs for pierced ears by my expert jeweler. These earrings are long and lovely!
    USD$195.00
    USD$195.00